Price posts low round; UHV men in contention
April 26, 2011 at 3:03 a.m.
Updated April 25, 2011 at 11:26 p.m.
James Price got greedy on this second shot on the par-5 13th hole.
And he almost paid for it.
He had gone for the green on his second shot, trying to reach it from deep on the fairway. Instead, he ended up just right of the green.
Worse, he was about three inches off the cart path, on a small patch of depressed ground.
"I couldn't really take some relief, and I couldn't really take that because it would have been into some ground under repair, and once I took relief from that I would have been in a worse place," he said.
So he did what he thought was the most logical thing he could: he took the shot as is. And he's lucky he did, landing it on the green then tapping in for birdie.
Price improved his first round score by 10 strokes, and was one of two players along with British Columbia's Adam Loran to post an even-par 72 Monday afternoon.
Overall, UHV sits in third place as part of a cluster of teams teams at the top of the AII Conference men's golf tournament standings after a first round that had five teams with five strokes of each other.
Freshman Jon Moore shot a second round 74, putting him in fourth place, four strokes back of individual leader Adam Loran of Cal State San Marcos.
Loran has tied for the lowest score in each round, shooting a 75 in the first and tying with Price with a 72 in the second.
The Jaguars shot a two-round team score of 612, good for third place heading into the final round and five strokes back of first place British Columbia, which shot a two-round score of 607. Cal State San Marcos is in second with a score of 609.
It was a major turnaround for the junior transfer from West Texas College, who struggled to an 82 in the morning round.
It was product of little going right for him in the morning round.
He was 7-over after the first six holes, and although he was just just 3-over on the final 11, the damage to his score had all ready been done.
"This morning, I hit it great but started horrendously," Price said.
And unlucky too. On his second hole of the day, the 15th, he shot a seven that set the tone for much of the first quarter of his day.
"I hit the green, but it had a little draw spin and rolled into the water," he said. "I was in some marsh, and tried to hit it out. I had a nightmare on that. But I played a little better after that."
That included shooting better in the second round, despite the wind howling across the course and having to lug a golf bag around for most of the day.
Having experience with those types of conditions was a benefit, he said.
"It was pretty brutal in the morning, luckily we play in those all the time," Price said. "It just makes it harder to go to certain pins. When there's no wind, you can go for them, and in the wind, you don't have that option and you have to play a lot smarter."
DeSIVE, SMITH IN CONTENTION
Despite being in fifth place and way back of the field, the UHV women's golf team has two golfers within contention for individual medalist spots.
Haley Cameron from British Columbia holds a one stroke lead in the individual standings after shooting a 78, helping to pace the school to a 15-stroke lead over fellow Canadian team Victoria.
The top five of the AII Conference women's golf tournament has a distinctly foreign feel, with all five from either Victoria or from British Columbia.
But UHV's Morgan DeSive is tied for 10th place with an 84, and Lyndie Smith shot an 87, putting her tied for 14th place.
WIND MESSES WITH SCORES
The wind battered all of the teams in the opening round, clocking in between 20 and 30 mph for most of the day and even faster than that in the mornings.
"It was the windiest I've ever played at this course," said UHV's Cory Anderson.
Jaguars coach Brian Williamson said that the men's and women's team are used to playing in the wind, but at the speeds in the early morning it was wreaking havoc on everyone.
"We play in it all the time, so it should be an advantage," he said. "But earlier it was blowing so hard that it negated that positive."
Things aren't expected to improve for Tuesday's final rounds. Winds are expected to be just as fast.
MOORE LEARNING TO PLAY SMARTER
When the wind died down, Jon Moore hit his stride. He hit a 30-foot birdie putt early in the second round, and while most of his group mates misjudged the wind on the seventh hole, the freshman figured out how to play into it and birdie the par-4.
It's all part of developing a greater knowledge of the game, Williamson said.
"Jon is playing much smarter," he said. "That's all part of getting better. He's learning when to step on the gas and when to play it more conservatively."
After struggling a little in the first round with a 7-over 77, Moore found his stride with a 74, helping to pull him into contention for the top individual spot.
AII CONFERENCE GOLF TOURNAMENT
Victoria Country Club
1. British Columbia, 310-297-607
2. CSU-San Marcos, 309-300-609
3. UHV, 311-301-612
4. Jon Moore, 77-74-151
T7. Cory Anderson, 77-76-153
T11. James Price, 82-72-154
T14. Austin Griffin, 78-79-157
33. Eric Garza, 79-87-166
1. British Columbia, 320
2. Victoria-BC, 335
3. CSU-San Marcos, 345
4. Thomas Univ., 352
5. UHV, 380
T10. Morgan DeSive, 84
T14. Lyndie Smith, 87
Larissa Loredo, 100
Devon Dueser, 109